The Oris Williams F1 Team Day Date (ref. 735 7634 4765 RS) model has been here for a while and this year the Swiss-based brand has offered a new, refreshed version of the device, which is inspired by the high-revving world of elite motorsports in general and the British Formula One motor racing legend in particular.
Sporting the same “user’s interface” and body shape, the refreshed model is now coming in a sexy multi-piece black DLC-coated stainless steel case that looks especially nice with a black rubber strap and a two-piece three-dimensional dial, also in black and grey.
As usual, the dial looks extremely busy and it takes some effort to get used to the clutter of numerals on its bezel, as well as its outer and inner (the grey one) dial.
As you can see on the photos, the bezel has a standard 60-second scale, while the dial employs two hour-scales: a military-style outer scale with numbers ranging from 13 to 24 and a normal inner scale that features only three “main” numerals: 3, 6, 9 and 12. Frankly speaking, the logic behind such a display somehow escapes me.
Also, the arrow-shaped window that features the day of week and date indicators doesn’t make the process of getting used to the trinket any easier.
Well, at least its obelisk-shaped hour and minute hands are broad enough and are covered with a generous amount of lume allowing for a good night-time user experience.
Beating inside its two-piece case is an Oris 735 caliber, which is essentially the same Sellita SW 220 automatic movement, but featuring a red-colored bi-directional winding rotor with Oris logo on it. It is worth mentioning that the SW 220 is a clone of the ETA 2836-2 automatic movement and offers just about the same level of reliability and accuracy.
Of course, being a version of an older movement, it doesn’t offer the same level of refinement as modern ETA calibers that replaced the caliber 2836 and its more simple sibling cal. 2824, but for the price that Oris asks for this thing, it is the difference I can live with.
Although looking kind of chunky, the Williams F1 Team Day Date is, in fact, very comfortable to wear on just about any wrist thanks to the shape of its case and the pair of pivoting lugs that are inset into notches on both sides of the body, which is about 44 mm in diameter. The specified thickness of just over 12 millimeters, too, helps this watch to offer as much comfort as it is practically possible to expect from such a sporty timekeeper.
At a retail price of around $1600, it may be a nice and, what’s even more important, affordable timepiece for those digging this kind of style.
Oris Williams F1 Team Day Date (ref. 735 7634 4765 RS) specification
Price: $1600 (MSRP)
Movement: Oris 735, based on caliber Sellita SW220, 25.6 mm in diameter, Swiss Made
Winding: Automatic (self-winding)
Cadence of balance: 28,800 vph
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, day of week
Power reserve: 38 hours
Case: DLC-treated stainless steel
Size: 44.00 mm
Case height: 12.20 mm
Lugs: 25.00 mm
Dial: Black and grey
Hands: Steel, luminous hours and minutes
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Black rubber strap with a tire tread pattern, black integrated flexible lugs, and black DLC coated folding safety clasp
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective